Anthropology and Geography

Climate Impact on People, Place, and Policy

Growing up in Guatemala, Diego Pons, climatologist and assistant professor of geography, couldn’t help but recognize that climate had a remarkable impact on local environments, farms and people. Pons wants to make large-scale climate science work for local farms and communities facing tough decisions. 

Spring 2021

Together, we protect and discover

In the Department of Anthropology and Geography, together, we imagine, solve, protect, discover, and understand. From youth outreach to ethnography, ecological forecasting to excavation, students and faculty share what it means to be human in the past and in the present.

Winter 2020

Mapping People and the Environment

Students in the course Geography of Global Health had a unique opportunity to study the global health lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolded across the world in Spring 2020Learning about inequalities, vulnerabilities, and human-environment relations that shape the disease dynamics, outbreaks, and incidence taught students to investigate the social and systemic interactions of the virus. 

Winter 2019/Spring 2020

Cannibalism, Ritual, or both: The Neanderthal debate continues at Krapina Cave

A cave site in hilly, northern Croatia may offer clues about the rituals and sacred spaces of the Neanderthals, an Ice Age human population. Anthropology researchers Mica Glantz, Michael Pante, and Connie Fellman are working to determine whether ritual, survival – or a serving of both – account for one of the world’s largest collection of Neandertal remains. 

Spring 2019

Using Geography to Explore Land Policy and Management

Geographers use a variety of technologies to investigate human-environment interactions: remote sensing data, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, lidar, GIS, and fieldwork. But they also engage collaboratively with communities to understand the impact of land-use and land-cover changes, all of which can assist with land policy and management decisions.

Winter 2018

Should I Stay or Should I Go? How people make decisions about disasters

When a disaster threatens, how do people decide whether to stay or to evacuate? To rebuild or relocate? How to restore their lives? Prof. Kate Browne’s work with survivors of Hurricane Harvey explores the decisions people make using a novel “assemblage” technique.

Spring 2018

Curiosity, Generosity, and New Knowledge

From electronic art to silver mining in Bolivia, the German Enlightenment to Congressional productivity, our faculty are able to extend their research based on donor support from Great Conversations.